What We Do
Research Director, Ten-Year Forecast + Peace and Development Lab
Tessa works primarily at the intersection of civic engagement, futures thinking, and social change. She is currently spearheading two new initiatives; the Restorative Justice City and the Peace and Development Lab.
The Restorative Justice City reimagines the urban landscape through a restorative justice lens, bringing people out of prisons and the criminal economy into productive and useful work in the service of their own communities.
The Peace and Development Lab is merging the futures, development, and peacebuilding worlds. With a participatory futures model we support communities to tell their own stories about possible futures, and in the process facilitate dialogue, discovery, and unity.
Tessa was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, and holds a BA in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in international political economy and development from Fordham University.
Making the Future
“With participatory foresight we can go a long way toward building a more equitable and peaceful world. Foresight can elicit nuanced perspectives on a particular dilemma, build a common language around a shared future, and help us understand our role in building the future we want. Participatory foresight should be a regular tool for all social change movements.”